Haxorus is one of the few viable Pokemon that have the ability Mold Breaker, allowing it to bypass abilities like Multiscale and Sturdy from common Pokemon like Dragonite and Magnezone. Additionally, its pure Dragon typing gives it only three weaknesses and one resistance, allowing it to take on a lot of Pokemon in the metagame thanks to its high Attack stat and vast movepool with high-Base Power moves like Outrage, Iron Tail, and Superpower let it break past Pokemon like Mega Venusaur, Tapu Lele, and Mega Tyranitar. However, Haxorus does suffer from mediocre HP, Special Defense, and Defense stats, which means it cannot take a Z-Move from Aegislash or live a super effective attack from Garchomp, Magearna, and Naganadel. Furthermore, Haxorus has an awkward Speed tier that allows it to outpace Tapu Lele, but not Pokemon like Mega Charizard X without having to run Choice Scarf and losing power. It is also outclassed by other Mold Breaker Pokemon like Mega Gyarados, which can check physical attackers like Landorus-T thanks to its pre-Mega Evolution ability Intimidate and can take care of Sturdy Pokemon that Haxorus can like Magnezone thanks to Earthquake while also taking care of Pokemon that Haxorus cannot take care of, like Donphan.
name: Choice Band
move 1: Outrage
move 2: Iron Tail
move 3: Earthquake
move 4: Rock Slide / Superpower
item: Choice Band
ability: Mold Breaker
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Outrage is a powerful STAB attack that can break down Pokemon that do not outspeed Haxorus or resist Dragon-type attacks like Mega Venusaur and Umbreon. Iron Tail can hit Fairy-types like Tapu Lele and Tapu Bulu; however, its low accuracy can be problematic. Earthquake is for the common Rock-, Electric-,(add comma) and Steel-types like Mega Tyranitar, Magnezone, and Excadrill. Rock Slide defeats Mega Charizard Y and Charizard that chooses to not to Mega Evolve into Mega Charizard X right away. Superpower can break down Pokemon like Air Balloon Heatran.
A Jolly nature is used to outpace key Pokemon like Tapu Lele. Mold Breaker allows Haxorus to bypass abilities like Sturdy and Multiscale from Pokemon like Golem and Dragonite. Maximum EVs in Attack and Speed make Haxorus as fast and as powerful as possible, while Choice Band boosts its Attack even more, allowing to break through defensive Pokemon like Mega Venusaur and Type: Null.
Do not send in Haxorus against Intimidate users like Landorus-T and Gyarados, as it will not be able to KO these Pokemon before it gets OHKOed. Be wary of sleep users like Jumpluff, as it outspeeds Haxorus and uses Substitute and Leech Seed to drain its HP. Send it in against Pokemon like Mega Venusaur, Zygarde, and Magnezone, as these are common Pokemon that Haxorus can beat using Outrage or, in Magnezone's case, Earthquake. Clicking Outrage is the play most of the time due to how powerful it is, unless another move can do more damage. Make sure that your opponent does not have a Dragon- or Ice-type mover on the team like Zeraora or Genesect, as both outspeed and can OHKO Haxorus. Do not send it out against bulky Pokemon like Mega Slowbro and Mega Aggron, as both of these easily beat Haxorus.
Special Choice Scarf attackers like Porygon-Z can help take care of threats like Landorus-T, Genesect, and Mega Lopunny that Haxorus cannot outspeed or OHKO. Special attackers like Meloetta, Genesect, and Zeraora can help break down threats like Mega Slowbro and Mew. Sturdy Pokemon like Magnezone and Donphan and Pokemon like Genesect can help deal with Meloetta and Naganadel. They can also be used to get fast Choice Scarf users like Garchomp, Genesect, and Porygon-Z. Steel-type Pokemon like Mega Metagross, Mega Scizor, and Ferrothorn check Fairy-types like Tapu Bulu, Tapu Lele, and Mega Gardevoir more reliably, as Haxorus's Iron Tail has a chance to miss. It also helps with other Pokemon like Mega Gyarados, and Chansey. Jumpluff is a good Pokemon to pair with Haxorus as it can beat Pokemon like Aegislash, non-Rock Blast Golem, and Mega Metagross with its Substitute + Sleep Powder + Leech Seed set. Tapu Fini is another good Pokemon to pair with Haxorus, as it helps with Pokemon like Garchomp, Donphan, and Mega Sableye.
name: Choice Scarf
move 1: Outrage
move 2: Iron Tail
move 3: Rock Slide
move 4: Superpower / Earthquake
item: Choice Scarf
ability: Mold Breaker
nature: Jolly / Adamant
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Outrage is a strong STAB attack that can be used against other Dragon-types like Garchomp, Zygarde-C, and Naganadel or other Pokemon that take neutral damage from it like Mega Venusaur and Greninja. Iron Tail allows Haxorus to check Fairy-types like Tapu Bulu and Tapu Lele; however, its low accuracy could be an issue. Rock Slide hits Pokemon like Mega Pinsir, Mega Charizard Y, and Mega Charizard X that doesn't Mega Evolve. Superpower allows it to KO Steel-types like Air Balloon Heatran. Earthquake allows it to hit common Steel-type Pokemon like Magnezone and Excadrill.
Maximum Attack and Speed investment makes Haxorus as fast and as powerful as possible. Choice Scarf allows it to outpace common Pokemon that would normally outspeed it and KO it like Mega Lopunny, Mega Lucario, and Greninja. A Jolly nature allows Haxorus to outpace Choice Scarf Porygon-Z, whereas an Adamant nature is an option to hit harder and secure a KO on Mega Venusaur. Its ability Mold Breaker allows Haxorus to bypass abilities like Multiscale from Dragonite and Sturdy from Pokemon like Magnezone.
Be wary of Choice Scarf Pokemon that outspeed Haxorus such as Genesect and Naganadel. Send it in against slow Pokemon like Magnezone and Dragonite, as Mold Breaker ignores their abilities. Be careful around Iron Defense users like Mega Slowbro and Magearna or common Intimidate users like Landorus-T and Mega Mawile, as Haxorus cannot beat them. Instead, send it against Water-types like Greninja and Volcanion as it can outpace both of these and KO them. It can also take care of fast, frail Pokemon such as Mega Lopunny and Zeraora thanks to its Choice Scarf.
Jumpluff is a good teammate for Haxorus in order to make Pokemon like Magearna and Landorus-T fall asleep and stall them out with Substitute and Leech Seed. Slowbro can take on physical attackers Haxorus cannot beat such as Landorus-T, Golem, and Mega Metagross. Sturdy Pokemon like Skarmory can take on Greninja, Meloetta, and Ferrothorn for Haxorus. Skarmory with Counter and can also take on Mega Gyarados. Common Z-Move users like Tapu Bulu can help take on threats for Haxorus such as Tapu Fini, Primarina, and Mega Slowbro. Tapu Lele can beat Mega Gyarados and Landorus-T, which both threaten Haxorus. Zeraora can help with Water-type Pokemon like Slowbro, Greninja, and Tapu Fini. It can also beat Steel-type Pokemon like Celesteela which Haxorus cannot take on. Aggron's Sturdy allows it to take any hit KO the foe back with Metal Burst and it can also utilize Curse and Rest to successfully outstall Mega Metagross.
Dragonium Z can be used with Outrage and Dragon Dance or Swords Dance to have a powerful STAB Z-Move with setup, but it causes Haxorus to lose out on the raw power from Choice Band or the Speed boost from Choice Scarf. Waterium Z used with Aqua Tail can be used to help KO common Pokemon like Donphan and Golem, but this means that Haxorus will not be running Iron Tail to take care of common Fairy-types like Tapu Lele and Tapu Bulu. Poisonium Z can be used with Poison Jab to lure in and take out Fairy-types like Primarina and Tapu Fini while also beating Pokemon it already can with Iron Tail, but this means it cannot beat Pokemon like Charm Mega Venusaur due to losing out on raw power from Choice Band or outpace Pokemon like Mega Lopunny with a Choice Scarf.
Checks and Counters
**Steel-types**: Steel-types like Mega Metagross, Skarmory, and Celesteela can take care of Haxorus due to their ability to easily take a hit, and KO back with its STAB or super effective moves.
**Fairy-types**: Fairy-types like Tapu Lele, Mega Gardevoir, and Tapu Bulu can take care of Haxorus if Iron Tail misses. Fairy-types that do not rely on a miss like Tapu Fini and Primarina can easily OHKO Haxorus, as they can take a hit from any of it moves.
**Choice Scarf Pokemon**: Choice Scarf Pokemon like Porygon-Z with Hyper Beam can OHKO Haxorus if it isn't running a Jolly nature with Choice Scarf, and Genesect with Ice Beam can OHKO Haxorus before it gets the chance to move.
**Physically Bulky Pokemon**: Bulky Pokemon like Mega Slowbro, Porygon2, Avalugg, and Chansey can easily eat any of Haxorus's attacks and stall it out or, in Chansey's case, KO it with Counter. Intimidate Pokemon like Mega Gyarados, Mega Mawile, and Landorus-T cut Haxorus's Attack stat, allowing them to survive a hit and KO in return with their strong STAB or super effective moves. Pokemon like Mega Sableye and Mew use Will-O-Wisp to burn Haxorus, making it easier for them to take multiple hits from Haxorus and eventually defeat it.
**Dragon-types**: Dragon-types like Garchomp and Naganadel can outspeed and OHKO Haxorus with their STAB attacks unless Haxorus has a Choice Scarf.
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